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In this chapter, we have defined an overview of software architecture design. We have focused on three basic topics including software architecture modeling, software architecture design methods, and software architecture evaluation. Software architecture modeling has evolved from informal box and line drawings to extensive architecture frameworks that include various viewpoints for modeling the architecture based on the concerns of stakeholders. Different architecture frameworks have been introduced in the literature, each with its own set of viewpoints. Earlier frameworks assumed a fixed set of viewpoints from which the architect can select the required ones to model the architecture. Recent approaches such as the V&B approach adopt an open ended approach in which new viewpoints can be designed if deemed necessary. The process of software architecture design usually starts in the early phases of the software development life cycle. Various architecture design methods have been introduced. We have identified five key activities that can be observed in most architecture design methods. The activities include Analyzing Concerns, Analyze Domain, Architecture Design, Evaluate Architecture and Architecture Realization. Once the architecture is designed, it can be evaluated based on quality criteria. The evaluation results in impact analysis report that might require refactoring the architecture to align it with the defined quality criteria.
KeywordsArchitectural (architecture) pattern
Architecture description language (ADL)
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Variability viewpoint for introducing variability in software architecture viewpoints Tekinerdogan, Bedir; Sözer H. (ACM, 2012)Variability is the ability of a software system to be changed for a specific context, in a preplanned manner. As such, to facilitate the instantiation of a software architecture the variability concern needs to be explicitly ...
Architectural viewpoints for global software development Yıldız, Buğra M.; Tekinerdoğan, Bekir (IEEE, 2011)Global Software Development (GSD) can be considered as the coordinated activity of software development that is not localized and central but geographically distributed. Designing an appropriate software architecture of a ...
Architecture conformance analysis approach within the context of multiple product line engineering Tekinerdoğan, Bedir; Çilden, E.; Erdoğan, Ö. Ö.; Aktuğ, O. (IEEE, 2014-04)One of the important concerns in software product line engineering is the conformance of the application architecture to the product line architecture. Consistency with the product line architecture is important to ensure ...